Srinagar, April 23
The historic Mughal road reopened today after remaining closed for more than four months due to accumulation of five to ten feet of snow while only one-way traffic continued on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.
Meanwhile, there was no respite for the residents of dozens of far flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) which remained cut off from their respective district headquarters due to accumulation of snow since January this year. The historic road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region was put through today after remaining closed for more than four months due to snow, a traffic police official told . However, only one-way traffic will be allowed till further orders and today vehicles will ply from Poonch to Srinagar, he added
Vehicles had to cross through five to seven feet of snow walls on both sides, they said adding traffic will be allowed to ply only between 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs. Night traffic on the road will not be allowed at any cost as a precautionary measure, the officials said.
Only one-way traffic continued on the national highway, connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, a traffic police official told UNI adding today traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar.
No traffic will be allowed from opposite direction, he said adding there was rain on this side of the Jawahar tunnel though weather was dry on the other side.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintainance of the highway, has been working to restore two-way traffic. Traffic on the highway was frequently disrupted due to first heavy snowfall on January 6. However, since then only one-way traffic is allowed on the highway.
Snow clearance operation was going on to restore traffic to far flung and remote areas, including border town of Gurez, which remained closed since January.